I suppose these cupcakes from My Baking Heart are not for everyone but those of you who like spicy will LOVE them. Oh, forgot to mention that the frosting is a spicy cream cheese concoction flavored with peaches and jalapenos. So if you know someone who wants a “something different” kind of cupcake, well, then we got you covered.
Bacon Jalapeno Peach Cupcakes
Yields: 18-20 cupcakes
1-1/2 c cake flour
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1-1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 lg eggs
3/4 c sugar
2/3 c jalapeño-peach preserves
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 c vegetable oil
1/2 c skim milk
2 lg fresh peaches, peeled, cored, and diced
4 slices Holmes Smokehouse-brand Hickory Smoked bacon, cooked and chopped + extra for garnish
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with paper liners. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and ground cinnamon. Set aside. In a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, beat eggs, sugar, jalapeño-peach preserves, vanilla extract and vegetable oil together.
Turn the mixer to low speed and alternate the dry ingredients and milk until fully combined. With a spatula, gently fold in the diced peaches and chopped bacon. Divide the batter among the prepared cupcake liners, filling them almost full, and bake for 16-18 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in the tin for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
Spicy Cream Cheese Frosting
2 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese, softened slightly and cut into small pieces
8 tbsp unsalted butter, softened slightly and cut into small pieces
1-1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
5-6 c Confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1/2 c jalapeño-peach preserves
In a medium-size bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and the butter until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add the vanilla extract. Add 3 cups of the powdered sugar and slowly beat until incorporated. Add the jalapeño-peach preserves, a tablespoon at a time, until the icing has reached the desired flavor. Add more Confectioners’ sugar and continue to beat until the icing is thick enough to pipe on the cupcakes.